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Carpet World representative Bob Carlson is seen at the His and Her Trade Show over the weekend, linking two pieces of Tarkett Flooring -- a durable product he noted to be their most unique.
Stocked full of the latest products and services businesspeople of Prince Albert have to offer, the Exhibition Centre’s southwest corner housed a home renovation flair.
Showing off the latest trends and innovations, house-flippers were provided plenty of food for thought at the weekend’s His and Her Trade Show.
Prince Albert’s Carpet World was represented at the show by a handful of staff members, touting various items, including what representative Bob Carlson referred to as their most unique product -- Tarkett Flooring.
“We’re all really big fans of this stuff,’ he said. “Easiest way to describe it would be a really, really good cross between a really tough linoleum and laminate.
“You’ve got the flexibility and cushion and the availability if you have a less than perfect floor, this can just mould to it.”
Noting that the well-trafficked Candle Lake Community Church plans on installing the flooring, Carlson said that one would “really have to go out of your way to hurt this stuff.”
The flooring comes in at $5 per square foot or $6 per square foot for colours they have to order in.
To the immediate west of the Carpet World booth, Saskatoon-based Metalman Art & Design owner Perry Gursky hawked custom-made metal work.
Designs are plugged into a computer that can cut metal every-which-way, they can cut metal into any design -- their most popular product being fire pits.
“You can cook on it, so it’s multi-functional in that way – very social,” Gursky said, noting that fire pits are specially popular in the cabin country that the Diefenbaker bridge opens into.
“We’ve got quite a bit of product in the Prince Alert area … so we just thought we’d bring our product right here to P.A.,” he said of attending the weekend trade show.
“We sold some product yesterday as far away as Thompson, Man.”
Next to the Metalman Art & Design booth, Modern Stone Products bricklayer Mike Sawatzky fought the misconception that exterior stonework can only be installed in the summer.
“We actually go all year round, so we can install this not only in the summer,” he said. “We cover everything up -- we scaffold board it and heat it.”
In order to keep the business running year-round, winter work comes at the same cost as summer work.
The most popular trend of the moment when it comes to stone products is stacked stone -- thin cuts of stone commonly seen in Prince Albert used as siding.
“It’s all personal preference,” Sawatzky said, motioning to a wall display of examples, from large stones to multi-coloured blends. “We sell all kinds of stuff.”
On the home renovations front, Sue-Lynn Lavigne offered the largest-scale home renovation option, with her company Foundations Without Concrete.
Based in Birch Hills, she advocates for Polycore Canada. Based in Edmonton, the company offers an alternative to concrete or insulated concrete forms.
The basic structure of Foundations Without Concrete is structural steel, which is embedded in solid Styrofoam, resulting in an insulation value of between R32 and R36.
Concrete, she explained, has an insulation value of about R1.
“It pretty much goes anywhere and it’s really quick and easy to install,” she said, motioning to a television screen in which she showed a sped-up video of four people installing a 1,400-square-foot foundation in about seven hours.
Although most commonly installed for new-builds, the steel and Styrofoam foundation can be installed in older buildings as well, Lavigne said -- an undertaking that includes lifting the existing house and digging out the old foundation.
In the province for about four years, the steel and Styrofoam foundation option appears to be spreading, Lavigne said.
Like with many new products on display at trade shows, she notes, “It’s mostly curiosity to start with, when people first see it.”